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March 4th, 2014
CENTRAL FALLS ‚Äď Napoleon Andrade, a local man already doing 10 years in federal prison on weapons, money-laundering and theft charges, was sentenced to an additional 31 months Tuesday for his role in a home invasion targeting an associate of the Gambino crime family in Connecticut.
During a sentencing hearing in Providence, U.S. District Judge John McConnell ordered Andrade to serve 63 months in all. But McConnell structured the penalty so that 32 months overlap Andrade‚Äôs current term and the balance kicks in when it‚Äôs completed, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Thanks in part to some incident-mapping software and new ideas that help police assess where to best employ resources, the city has seen a more than 10 percent reduction in crime from last year.
Statistics compiled by the Pawtucket Police Department and reviewed by the R.I. State Police for inclusion in the national FBI crime database show an overall drop in crime in the city of about 10.3 percent for 2013, including significant declines in several major categories.
CENTRAL FALLS‚ÄĒSince emigrating to the United States 14 years ago, Filomena Montiero had nurtured a couple of dreams: becoming a nurse and owning her own home. Thanks to the Central Falls Housing Authority's Family Self-Sufficiency program,‚ÄĚ she is part of the way there on both goals.
Montiero recently graduated from the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program, an initiative that seeks to improve the lives of parents receiving Central Falls Section 8 housing assistance.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau walked into Courtroom 3 at the federal courthouse Friday morning wearing dark blue prison garb with his hands cuffed behind his back and his feet in chains.
About three hours later he walked out into the cold noonday sunshine wearing a brown suit and yellow tie, a free man, albeit with a felony conviction and three years of supervised probation hanging over his head.
‚ÄúI wish you well with your new-found freedom,‚ÄĚ U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell told Moreau as he closed the brief hearing.
PAWTUCKET‚ÄĒRhode Island State Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks, including a Criminal Investigation Unit and Collision Reconstruction Unit, are investigating the circumstances behind the fatal wrong-way crash that occurred on Interstate 95 in Pawtucket early Friday morning.
Rhode Island‚Äôs nation-worst unemployment rate, its lagging economy and projected out-year budget deficits in the hundreds of millions makes being governor a difficult job.
Allan Fung, a Republican running to be the next governor, says that is exactly what makes the position attractive to him.
‚ÄúI want those challenges, I want those responsibilities; I really do,‚ÄĚ the three-term Cranston mayor said in an interview on Wednesday with The Times. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not about a title. It‚Äôs about the challenges this state is going to face and whoever is going to be governor, he has to be ready for it.
Editor's note: This column was first published on Feb. 24, 2014 in The Times and The Call.
One of the selling points General Treasurer Gina Raimondo employed in
pushing for the pension settlement you may have seen something about in the news lately is that it brings "certainty" and "finality" in that it puts an end not only to the slew of lawsuits challenging the 2011 law, but also the court challenges to the 2009 and 2010 pension reform efforts.
And so it does. Until the next time.
North Smithfield Rep. Brian Newberry, the House Republican leader, has
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ In promoting the ambitious renovations and construction of school buildings as outlined in a Facilities Master Plan, school officials have been counting on receiving about 80 percent reimbursement on the project costs. But can they take that figure to the bank?
The answer appears to be yes, but not without a few variables.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ A former mayor whose corruption conviction was thrown into question by an appeals court struck a deal that would allow him to be freed from prison after serving half his two-year sentence.
Charles Moreau, former mayor of the financially troubled city of Central Falls, agreed in a deal filed on Wednesday to plead guilty to a new charge of accepting a bribe. As part of the deal, federal prosecutors recommended Moreau be sentenced to time served.
Moreau could be released as soon as Friday, when a hearing on his case is scheduled before U.S. District Judge John McConnell.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations, families and individuals (including many Times readers), The Times was able to donate $9,201 to the Salvation Army of Pawtucket from the annual Merry Christmas Fund.
Kathleen Needham, controller of The Times/The Call newspapers, presented a check in that amount to Salvation Army Capts. Glenys and Juan Urbaez on Tuesday at the monthly board meeting held at the Salvation Army headquarters on High Street.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs that dreaded time of year when teachers, typically the newer ones, get a ‚Äúpink slip‚ÄĚ from the school district they have been working so hard to impress. It all has to do with budgetary projections and state law, which requires that any teachers facing a potential job cut in September must be notified by March 1.
Yet, for the first time in many years, the number of teachers pink-slipped this year has been cut by more than half, due to a collaborative effort between school administrators and the teachers union.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚Äď Should TV news programs dealing with violent or tragic
events come with one of those ‚Äúparental warning‚ÄĚ notices that precede shows with sexual or violent content?
State Rep. Agostinho Silva said he has heard from parents who think they should and he has introduced legislation he says is aimed at ‚Äústarting a conversation,‚ÄĚ toward action that would probably have to take place at the federal level.
The language of his bill is fairly broad. It says the Public Utilities
The chief executives of the Blackstone Valley‚Äôs two biggest cities, Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, say they can‚Äôt tap property taxpayers for the hundreds of thousands of dollars that it would cost their communities to make the changes in the proposed settlement of the state pension lawsuit.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Three real estate developers have been given the go-ahead from city officials to submit formal plans to develop the failed hotel property at 45 Division St.
PAWTUCKET -- It‚Äôs hard to believe that gleeful cries of ‚Äúbingo‚ÄĚ on a girls‚Äô night out would one day turn into tearful cries for help in dealing with an obsession that almost cost one local woman her self-respect, job and family.
It‚Äôs gambling addiction, and for those caught up in it, the mental and physical pain and collateral damage to loved ones can be just as devastating and difficult to overcome as alcohol or drug addiction.
CUMBERLAND ‚Äď When Paul H. Rose was a young boy growing up in East Providence, his mother was always leery about what little woodland critter she might find hiding underneath his bed.
Snakes, frogs, grasshoppers, it didn‚Äôt matter. If he could catch it, he brought it home.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve loved animals ever since I was a little boy,‚ÄĚ he says, ‚ÄúMy mother was always afraid of what she might find in the basement on any given day.‚ÄĚ
Nearly 60 years later, Rose is still fascinated by the animal kingdom, and has devoted most of his life to looking after the welfare of creatures great and small.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ With more snow, such as has been the case this winter, comes more requests for shoveling assistance for the city‚Äôs elderly residents. Hoping to boost volunteer participation in a program that works to shovel sidewalks for seniors, Mayor Donald Grebien held a press conference on Friday to enlist more volunteers.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ While saying they don‚Äôt agree with all of the school renovation plans as outlined, the City Council on Wednesday approved the first phase of the School Department‚Äôs Facilities Master Plan that will upgrade Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene Elementary Schools.
The council gave its approval to Phase 1 of the proposed master plan, with a price tag not to exceed $32 million. Phase 1 calls for a system-wide upgrade of the district‚Äôs technology infrastructure and renovations to the Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Pawtucket Police are trying a new tactic, the ‚ÄúRhode Island Most Wanted‚ÄĚ network, to track down a man accused of committing fraud against a local funeral home.
Pawtucket Police have posted on the online website that they are looking for Martin ‚ÄúMarty‚ÄĚ Szuch, 72, who has addresses in Providence, North Providence and Cranston. Szuch is wanted on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses in a case that dates back to 2010. He has also allegedly committed similar crimes in the past, police said.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚Äď Convicted contractor Michael Bouthillette, the owner of Certified Disaster Restoration Corp. and a friend and supporter of former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, is still trying to collect over $30,000 from the city for work done in late 2006 and early 2007 at the Adams Memorial Library.